MBA Community Meeting: Bridging the Gap Between Waste and Want
March 30 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
The MBA in Sustainability Community meeting on March 30 will feature Sasha Purpura, MBA ’11, the Executive Director of Food For Free in Cambridge, MA.
Food For Free improves access to healthy food by rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste, strengthening the community food system, and creating new distribution channels to reach under-served populations.
Through a combination of food rescue, farming, and transportation services, Food For Free gives food programs year-round access to fresh fruits and vegetables, while their direct service programs bring food to students, seniors, and others most at risk of hunger.
Sasha will talk about her experience leading a nonprofit through significant growth. She’ll share the challenges and rewards, and talk about what she believes has been key in making the organization so successful.
Sasha was interviewed on WGBH’s PBS NewsHour Shares program in a feature about a program launched by Food For Free where student volunteers package 1,200 pounds of leftover food into microwaveable meals for those in need. Sasha explains, “This is something that a university in Western Mass., in Worcester, a corporation could do. It enables them not only to stop throwing out perfectly good food. It lets them engage their student population, their employee population in group volunteering activities, giving back to their community.” She hopes to make this program a model other schools and companies will adopt.
8:00 – 8:30 coffee, muffins, and mingling
8:30 – 10:00 program and discussion
This event is open to all interested Antioch University New England students. Join us in Conference Room 1B.